In both the overall and women’s championships, two huge underdogs are leading. Sam Shankland is tied for 1st along with Fabiano Caruana, and Annie Wang is the sole leader of the women’s section by a full point!
In my tournament previews, I often write very balanced and nuanced assessments of each of the players. This will not be one of those.
For this preview, I’m going write “Greg Shahade style” and candidly give my intuitive thoughts.
This weekend the PRO Chess League is jumping out of our computer screens into real life—The playoffs will culminate with a two-day Finals battle between the four division winners in San Francisco!
Relive the key moments on Caruana’s journey to become Carlsen’s Challenger.
Every one of these GMs has a number of achievements, reached impressive peak ratings, and shown the ability to play brilliant games. So, what will make the difference?
With the playoffs nearing and a highly-anticipated Super Saturday tomorrow, let’s take a look at the leading teams, top players, and best games for each division.
Magnus Carlsen is the Unofficial Fischer Random World Champion!
Today, the 2018 PRO Chess League officially restarts – with 5 of the World top 10 and a former World Champion joining this season: Carlsen, Caruana, Mamedyarov, MVL, Nakamura, and Anand.
“It’s always fun to play Magnus!”
“I started out really well, but before today I really couldn’t have expected that I would win it. Everything had to go my way.”
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